MSc Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering
The joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering focuses on energy systems designs with economically and environmentally sustainable technologies. Students are awarded degrees from two leading Nordic universities and explore the unique energy engineering expertise of these universities through a specialisation track. Graduates know practices, policies and technologies to supply energy at the least financial, environmental and social cost.
Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH
The master programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources like conventional and new power generation, solar energy, biomass energy, wind power and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.
The term ‘sustainable energy engineering' comprises a wide array of practices, policies and technologies (conventional and renewable/alternative) aimed at providing energy at the least financial, environmental and social cost. A strong emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues. Another strong emphasize is put on the innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the energy society, especially related to how existing and new efficiency improvement innovations can be brought to the market in different countries.
The innovative aspects inside the programme are both related to the advanced renewable concept in the Nordic countries as well as regards to new businesses in the energy sector. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.
Participants gain proficiency in project design and implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as in crucial phases of policy generation. Advanced training in a research-oriented perspective is also included.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science from KTH and the equivalent degree from the other attended university. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).
After successful completion of the course work, each student is assigned an individual thesis project, on which they typically work over a period of five to six months. The project may be carried out either in an academic environment (university, research institute, or equivalent) or in an industrial setting (power plant, energy consulting agency, or other industry/business). Thesis projects may or may not be linked to ongoing research activities at one or more of the partner universities.
Study at two nordic universities
The joint master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering is a collaboration between the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries ( Nordic Five Tech ). The programme gives you a unique opportunity to tailor your degree based on your academic interests.
The students enrolled in the programme will study at two of the partner universities, spending one year at each. The universities participating in the joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering are
- Aalto University in Finland
- Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden
- Technical University of Denmark
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Students aiming to study at KTH in Sweden have the opportunity of choosing between two study tracks:
- Bio-Energy (Year 1 at KTH and year 2 at Aalto University)
- Energy Systems (Year 1 at Aalto University and year 2 at KTH)
In year 1 and year 2 mobility is a mandatory requirement, since both options result in a double degree from the two universities. Regardless of first and second year universities all applicants must apply through Aalto University.
The energy field is an international and dynamic area where well-trained engineers are in constant demand. This is particularly the case for engineers exposed to practices in the Nordic countries. Employment opportunities are very strong. The graduate students could join a diverse range of careers.
Faculty and research
The programme is hosted by the Department of Energy Technology at KTH. The Department of Energy Technology (EGI) aims at contributing to welfare and development through world-class research and education in innovative energy technologies and systems, and promotion of the energy sector transition towards sustainability. The department is further divided into the following divisions:
- Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration
- Heat and Power Technology
- Energy Systems
In the Department of Energy Technology, the Unit of Energy Systems is mainly responsible for the coordination of the programme. The Unit is based on a broad system perspective, where energy technology, innovation, and policy are linked to sustainable development. The Unit develops quantitative models for optimizing energy systems and establish the basis for strategic decisions on investments, as well as policy. They carry out qualitative analyses regarding the impact of policies on the transition to a sustainable society. Also, synergies and trade-offs between the many targets of the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are carefully analyzed. The Unit´s perspective is global, and they collaborate with many countries and world organizations.
More information on the Aalto University website
The coordinator of the joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering is Aalto University. They provide more comprehensive information about the progamme structure, study tracks and courses. All applicants apply to Aalto University.